“Unity or Uniformity”

This week’s Pastor to Person was written by Pastor Caleb Beller.
Gal 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

There is something profoundly beautiful about listening to an orchestra. Watching my kids in the Budapest Philharmonic, my wife and I were in awe of the voices and instruments young and old coming together in a heavenly unity.
Symphonies have captured people’s hearts and minds for generations. The uniqueness of the orchestra for me comes in the blending of the many instruments and musicians. One author said this, “One note does not make a symphony; one artist does not make an orchestra.”
There is so much emphasis in our nation right now regarding race & politics that seem to divide the family of God. Is Paul here saying we all need to be uniform in how we think and act? Is there room for diversity in the family of God?
Paul is not saying we need all be the same instrument, but that we need to be playing the same song. The gospel uniquely brings us to a fundamental equality that we are all sinners, saved by grace through faith in Jesus. What makes the orchestra so amazing is how all the various instruments and musicians coalesce into one beautiful sound.
The book of Revelation (7:9) gives this same image when it describes a heavenly multitude or orchestra from every tribe, tongue, people and nation, singing the song of the lamb. We can have unity without uniformity. Our diversity only enhances the message of the gospel when we are playing the same song. We must, as the family of God, celebrate and embrace our differences. In it we become the orchestra of God playing the beautiful symphony of the Gospel.
May we all this week follow the great maestro the Holy Spirit and use our instrument in tune with His Spirit to celebrate the Gospel and invite others into this heavenly chorus.